Mini Dental Implants in Greenville, SC

Mini Dental Implants Greenville, SC

Want to get mini dental implants in Greenville, SC? If you have missing or damaged teeth, but are unhappy with traditional adhesive dentures or reluctant to have traditional implants placed, mini dental implants are an appealing alternative. These tooth replacements recreate the look, feel and function of natural, healthy teeth. They make eating, talking, laughing and smiling more comfortable. Mini dental implants are available in Greenville with Dr. Matthew Warner, who can evaluate your needs and recommend whether they are the best choice for you.

Benefits of Mini Dental Implants

Mini dental implants have all of the advantages of traditional dental implants. They are anchored in the jawbone to securely hold a tooth replacement. They won’t slip around in the mouth and they keep the surrounding teeth from shifting as well. Implants feel comfortable and don’t rely on the adjacent teeth for support. They also keep the underlying jawbone stimulated to prevent it from deteriorating and causing additional complications.

Consider the additional benefits of mini dental implants:

  • have a smaller diameter and only two parts
  • can be placed and restored in a single dental visit
  • can be placed in a less invasive procedure
  • do not require a lot of bone mass or bone grafting
  • do not disturb the bone and tissue as much as traditional dental implants; do not require heavy pain medication
  • do not require a prolonged recovery period
  • more cost-effective than traditional implants

How Long Do Mini Dental Implants Last?

Regular dental implants have been in use since 1965, and many have lasted the patient’s entire life. Mini dental implants, however, were only approved by the FDA in 2000, so there isn’t as much data about their longevity. It’s possible that mini dental implants could last as long as traditional dental implants. Luckily, if a mini dental implant were to fail, it is easily removed, and can quickly be replaced by a new implant. Mini dental implants are made from a special titanium alloy, so they are stronger than regular implants.

How Much Do Mini Dental Implants Cost?

The cost of mini dental implants is decided by a number of different factors. Namely the number of dental implants required for a patient’s needs. You’ll need to have a consultation with Dr. Warner to determine a precise estimate for your procedure.

Placement Details

Traditional dental implants require several months and multiple dental appointments to plan, place and restore (i.e., be fitted with an artificial tooth). Mini dental implants, on the other hand, can be placed and restored in a single visit, usually without anesthesia or sutures. They require less equipment, fewer steps and fewer tools.

Mini dental implants are carefully planned out, based on the anatomy of the mouth and jawbone. The location for your implant will be carefully selected and marked. A small opening will be made in the gum tissue and the implant will be inserted into the hole and tightened for a comfortable, secure fit.

The top of the implant post has a ball on the end and a socket with a rubber O-ring. The O-ring snaps into the designated spot on the crown or denture appliance, and the artificial tooth rests on the gum tissue. Any last-minute adjustments for fit or comfort will be made at this time.

You should not experience a significant amount of discomfort after the placement. Over-the-counter pain medication should soothe any pain. Although it may take some time to adjust to your new implant, you should be able to resume light eating that same day.

You should brush and floss your teeth normally, making sure to clean the area around your implant. Dr. Warner will want to check your implant every six months to a year to look for any potential problems. With the proper care and attention, your mini dental implant can last indefinitely!

Mini Dental Implants FAQs

How are mini dental implants different from conventional implants?

Mini dental implants are much smaller and narrower than conventional implants. They can be placed during a single, minimally invasive surgery without significant discomfort or side effects.

Am I a good candidate for mini dental implants?

It depends. If you have one or more missing teeth, you might qualify for mini dental implants, but you will have to meet with Dr. Warner to discuss your candidacy. He will want to know about your general and oral health status, needs and goals. He will also examine the bone in your jaw as he screens you for mini dental implants.

What is the best use for mini dental implants?

Mini dental implants are arguably best employed to stabilize a lower denture. When anchored by a few mini dental implants, the lower denture fits and feels comfortable and supports normal chewing and speech.

Complete Replacement with Fix on Six (Comparable to Nobel’s All on Four)

Best Alternative to Dentures

If you need dentures to replace your natural teeth but you don’t want to deal with dentures based on what you have heard about them from friends, family, and others, mini dental implants may be the best alternative to natural teeth. You can eat anything you want without the pain from shifting dentures and there is no longer a need for soaking or adhesives. These prosthesis’ can be either fixed in the mouth and/or made to be retrievable by the Dr. Warner, which means you leave them in all the time and treat them like your own teeth.

Benefits

  • Best alternative to full dentures
  • Eat all of your favorite foods
  • Preserves your bone structure and the shape of your face
  • Immediate Results
  • Acts similarly to a third set of natural teeth

Stabilize Denture

Why live with ill-fitting dentures that require wearing adhesives and that cut down on the ability to chew? A lot of times, after careful examination of your current dentures, they can be retrofitted with mini implants which will then hold your dentures in place. This will prevent painful or uncomfortable shifting of your dentures. Mini dental implant treatments require no extensive surgery, in fact, it’s minimally invasive, which means you can enjoy your favorite foods the same day as treatment, in most cases. One added advantage is that we can remove the hard palate of the upper denture to expose your taste buds allowing you to enjoy the taste and temperature of foods as you were initially intended.

Benefits

  • Cost Effective
  • Stabilizes your loose dentures
  • No messy adhesives or soaking
  • No more pain from shifting teeth
  • Eat all of your favorite foods
  • Enjoy the natural taste and temperature of food
  • Very little discomfort

Dental Bridges

Multiple teeth can be replaced with a Mini Dental Implant supported multiple bridge

Benefits vs Traditional Implants

  • Less Invasive
  • Less Healing time
  • Less Discomfort
  • Less Cost
  • Less Office Time

Missing Teeth

One or more teeth can be replaced with mini implants which will function like real teeth.

Benefits vs Traditional Implants

  • Less Invasive
  • Less Healing time
  • Less Discomfort
  • Less Cost
  • Less Office Time

Schedule a Consultation to Discuss Mini Dental Implants

To learn more about mini dental implants and whether they are right for you, please schedule a consultation with Dr. Warner. Call (864) 546-4242 or email our office today to make an appointment.